Known only as “Jose,” a Mexican immigrant outed Pinal County, Az., Sheriff Paul Babeu, an immigration-hawk congressional candidate who rose to conservative stardom after a cameo appearance in John McCain's “Dang Fence” campaign ad. In an explosive story published in the Phoenix New Times, relates Newsweek/The Daily Beat, Jose claims that Babeu’s lawyer threatened him with deportation if he spilled the beans about their alleged love affair.
Babeu called a press conference on Saturday during which he announced, “I'm gay.” He admitted having a “personal relationship” with Jose but said “at no time” did he or anyone who worked for him threaten Jose with deportation. Babeu, 43, a Mitt Romney supporter, said he chose to step down as a co-cochairman of Romney’s campaign. Babeu said the Republican Party had a big tent and he would continue campaigning for an Arizona congressional seat.